February 21, 2006

UCSB Downs Cross-Town Rival Westmont, 5-3

Feb. 21, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Although it did not match its 16-1 shellacking to start the 2006 season, UCSB (3-3) did manage to defeat Westmont (4-9) by a count of 5-3 with five runs on ten hits on Tuesday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Freshman Anthony Martin dealt four and a thirds innings to earn his first win of the season. The local product out of Santa Ynez, Calif. surrendered two runs on five hits while striking out four. Fellow freshman Matt Wade also contributed two and two thirds innings of relief, allowing just one hit and issuing only one walk. Junior Justin Segal came in to close the door on the Warriors in the eighth and ninth innings. In two innings of work, Segal gave up one hit and no earned runs.

Four Gauchos tallied multiple hits against Westmont on Tuesday. Senior Chris Webber, junior Mario Lewis and freshmen Chris McMurray and Shane Carlson all batted two-for-four at the plate. Junior Chris Valaika extended his current hitting streak to six games with a first inning single into left field. Valaika finished one-for-three with a run scored and an RBI.

Both teams came out swinging in the first inning, tallying two runs apiece in the frame. After Vinny Lopez singled and moved to second base on an errant pick-off attempt by Martin, Nate Shaver grounded out to Webber at first to move Lopez to third. On the next play, Erik Gaustad grounded out to second base to push the first Warrior run across the board. Catcher Dominick Paluso got the rally going for Westmont again with a double down the right field line. Ryan McGill should have been the third out of the inning, but after he struck out swinging, he reached on a dropped third strike that moved Paluso to third. On the ensuing play, Jordan Ballard was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Darren Fouret walked to score the second run of the inning for Westmont.

The Gauchos would answer back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Second baseman Alden Carrithers got the ball rolling for the Gauchos with a leadoff walk. After a wild pitch and a Valaika single moved Carrithers to third, Valaika moved to third on the second wild pitch of the inning. Junior designated hitter Matt Anderson plated both runners two batters later with a single to left field.

UCSB would once again post two runs in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, McMurray reached on an error by shortstop Philip Valle. Head Coach Bob Brontsema then successfully put the hit-and-run on, resulting in a base hit by Carlson that moved McMurray to third. After a wild pitch moved Carlson to second, Carrithers lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score McMurray and move Carlson to third. Lewis took advantage of the RBI opportunity and drove in Carlson with a single to centerfield.

Westmont would cut the deficit to one run in the third inning. After a Gaustad groundout to start the inning, Paluso took a pitch and drove it over the right field fence to score the only run of the inning.

Neither team managed to plate a run until UCSB posted one more in the bottom of the seventh. Once again it was Carrithers starting the offense for the Gauchos, this time reaching and moving to second on an error by the Warrior second baseman. After a Lewis single moved Carrithers to third, Valaika flew out to deep centerfield to score the only Gaucho run of the inning.

Westmont went quietly in the eighth inning before getting the leadoff man on in the ninth. David Stout singled to start the ninth for the Warriors. Despite the pressure, Segal managed to induce a Lopez ground ball to Carrithers at second base, who stepped on the bag and threw to first for the double play. On the next play, Nate Shaver lined out to Brian Gump in left field to end the game and seal the 5-3 UCSB victory.

UCSB returns to action this weekend when it visits Cal in Berkeley, Calif. for a three-game series starting on Friday at 2:30 pm.

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